DENVER - The Kings had their chances. They were almost streak-busters. Almost. But after recovering from an early 15-point deficit and taking five-point leads in both of the final two periods, they committed a series of costly turnovers, failed to control the defensive boards, and allowed the Nuggets too many inside opportunities in a 101-95 loss at the Pepsi Center.
After DeMarcus Cousins brought the Kings within 95-92 and just under two minutes remaining, Jason Thompson was assessed a loose ball foul, Andre Miller drove past Isaiah Thomas for a layup (and free throw), and the Nuggets held on for their 15th straight victory.
The Nuggets, who also have won 17 straight at the Pepsi Center, were led by Danilo Gallinari's 19 points. They scored 62 points in the paint. Cousins led the Kings with 24 points and 15 rebounds.